Chia-Hsuan Lin

Associate Conductor & Jack and Mary Ann Frable Associate Conductor Chair


Lauded for her clarity and elegance on the podium, Ms. Lin has shared her talents in many diverse musical settings throughout the world.  Ms. Lin began her first season as assistant conductor with the Fort Wayne Philharmonic in 2014.  Within a year, she had directed of 39 performances with the orchestra for the north Indiana community. Earlier in 2014, she conducted the Peninsula Music Festival Orchestra as one of three young talents chosen for the Emerging Conductor Program, and was chosen a semi-finalist in the 2013 Jeunesses Musicales International Conducting Competition in Bucharest, Romania.  Ms. Lin’s versatility extends from chamber music and symphonic orchestral repertory to opera and theatre works. In 2014 she conducted a performance of Mark Adamo’s Little Women at Northwestern University and previously led the 2012 Mainstage Opera production of Mozart’s Don Giovanni at the College-Conservatory of Music of the University of Cincinnati. She served as music director of the University of Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and later participated in the 2012 Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music in California.  In celebration of the Taiwanese premiere of J. S. Bach’s Matthäus-Passion, Ms. Lin returned to Taipei in 2011 to conduct the Academy of Taiwan Strings and Taipei Philharmonic Chorus in a lecture series by Bach specialist Helmuth Rilling.  The summer of 2011 took her to Italy where she served as assistant conductor of opera at the CCM Spoleto Music Festival.

Ms. Lin received her first musical training as a pianist in Taiwan at age three. At age nine she began studies as a percussionist and later performed with the renowned Taipei Percussion Group from 2003 to 2010.  Ms. Lin received her undergraduate degree in percussion and her graduate degree in conducting from the National Taiwan Normal University, where she studied with Apo Hsu.  Under the tutelage of Mark Gibson, she earned a graduate degree at the College-Conservatory of Music of the University of Cincinnati. In 2012 Ms. Lin received the Foreign Study Award for Music from the Taiwan Education Bureau to begin doctoral studies with Victor Yampolsky at Northwestern University.

Ms. Lin has furthered her education through masterclasses and workshops, including sessions with the Richmond Symphony Orchestra, the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra and the Romanian Royal Camerata, as well as with conductors Günther Herbig, Jorma Panula, Imre Palló, Steven Smith, Helmuth Rilling, Gábor Hollerung, Mei-Ann Chen, Harold Farberman, Markand Thakar, Israel Yinon, and Douglas Bostock.